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How to Reduce Energy Costs with LED-UV Curing Technology

Posted by David Lee on Jun 2, 2022 10:00:00 AM


With the soaring price of wholesale energy threatening to upend many businesses’ financial forecasts, demand for more sustainable and cost-effective printing practices is growing. UV-LED curing technology is already proving to deliver greater sustainability over traditional methods, such as mercury UV curing & IR Drying systems but there are also some irresistible cost savings of upgrading your Printing Press.


The Energy Savings of an LED-UV Curing Machine

A reduction in energy usage is only one way that an LED-UV equipped Press can slash your business’s costs in the printing process. By achieving cost savings across several areas, including maintenance and your organisation’s environmental impact, your business can anticipate deeper, more sustainable savings that will help to shore up your profits, even in times of economic turmoil:


Energy Use

The limited energy capacity in our factories can be an issue for many businesses, often limiting growth opportunities. The good news is a UV-LED equipped Press consumes considerably less energy than one installed with conventional mercury UV curing lamps. On average, a mercury UV curing lamp uses 70 per cent more electricity during operation, mainly due to the excessive heat that it produces – much of which is lost during the printing and curing process. In comparison, LED-UV lamps produce less heat and, therefore, require much less energy. So upgrading to a LED -UV drying system may open expansion possibilities.



With an appropriate programme of servicing and maintenance, the lifespan of an LED curing lamp can exceed 60,000 hours, which is more than 40 times that of traditional UV mercury lamps. By upgrading to an LED-UV curing system for your printing processes, you can virtually eliminate the cost of the regular replacement of mercury lamps. UV-LED curing systems are also cheaper to maintain as there are fewer moving components in a LED Curing units that require regular service or replacement.


Fume Extraction

Mercury UV lamps produce a potent mixture of potentially harmful gases and ozone, including mercury which is known to be toxic. Where mercury UV curing is carried out, an effective fume extraction system must be installed and regularly serviced to safeguard the health and wellbeing of machine operatives. UV-LED curing systems, in comparison, produce no ozone or mercury vapors, so no fume extraction solutions are required , saving additional energy costs. Also, your business can be relieved of the costs of safely and legally disposing of redundant mercury lamps when the time comes for them to be replaced.


Are You Ready To Enjoy The Cost Savings of Upgrading To LED-UV Curing?

At Focus Label, we design, manufacture our presses with a choice of Drying systems, but with an eye on the future that are upgradable to the latest LED-UV printing and curing system technology, helping our customers to save money while reducing their carbon footprint.

To find out more about the cost savings and other benefits of upgrading to a LED-UV system, please read our free Conventional UV vs LED Printing Guide today or call us on 01949 836223 for expert professional advice.

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